Author: Rebecca Barnes

Women Rising:  Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences

GSA Pardee Session | Monday, November 5, 2018, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center, Sagamore Ballroom 5

Cosponsored by GSA Geology and Society Division; GSA Geology and Public Policy Committee; Association for Women Geoscientists; Earth Science Women’s Network

Session Goal:  The goal of the Women Rising:  Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences Pardee session is to improve understanding of the barriers facing women in the geosciences, with an emphasis on actions that can be taken by institutions and individuals to remove barriers and work towards parity.  An interactive session (plenary and breakout) will provide actionable scenarios and tools.  The breakout session will provide participants an opportunity to contribute ideas and approaches they have found useful or want to implement.

In the weeks leading up to the Pardee session, there will be a series of six blogs on women and geoscience topics appearing on the GSA blog site: Speaking of Geoscience.  A new one will come out every two weeks, leading up to GSA’s annual meeting.  They cover a range of topics, including geoscientists with disabilities, social identities and success, imposter syndrome, and finding gateways.

1st post: A special place in hell by Kelly Kryc – Principal, Kryc Strategic Solutions, LLC

2nd post: Don’t just stand there… do something by Dr. Blair Schneider, University of Kansas Center for Teaching Excellence, Lawrence KS


Women Rising Networking Social

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. | Indiana Convention Center, Room 204

This informal social extends the discussion and connections from the Pardee Session: Women Rising: Removing Barriers and Achieving Parity in the Geosciences. Professionals, students, department chairs, and program managers working to be inclusive of all talents are encouraged to attend.

2018 AGU Fall Meeting ESWN Events

Leadership Skills for Success in the Scientific Workforce

October 28th – October 30th, 2018 | Boulder, Colorado

Why leadership and management skills? Science is rarely done in isolation; in almost any position, leadership and management skills are an important contributor to success. Yet, these  skills are seldom discussed as part of an academic education, and hardly, if ever, show up in professional trainings for scientists. This workshop is designed to give you techniques to grow your skills in leadership and management. Topics to be emphasized include: understanding your own strengths and weaknesses, strategies for effective communication with your scientific team (peers, colleagues, employees, students, bosses, administrators, etc), team building in a way that promotes motivation and trust, guidance in giving and receiving both positive and negative feedback, articulating your personal value and negotiation strategies.

Tentative agenda

The workshop will begin with a session from 3-6pm on Sunday, October 28. Sunday afternoon and all day Monday (~9-5pm) will be facilitated by Chris Olex, a professional facilitator and trainer specializing in team and personal development. We will assess our leadership style within the context of the DISC profile (see below).  Are we task oriented or people oriented?  Are we outgoing or reserved and how does that influence our ability to communicate with people?  What frustrates us when working with other people?  Why do others respond the way they do to frustrations in the workplace and how can I modify that response for more effective communication?  Each participant will receive an individualized breakdown of her characteristics related to DISC (Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, Conscientious). Focus is placed on each participant understanding her style, her impact, her motivation, and her story.  Participants will also work collaboratively to produce a comprehensive list of what makes a good leader. A networking reception on Monday evening (~6-8pm) will give participants a chance to practice their networking skills and gain knowledge about different types of leadership positions through discussions with representatives from local scientific organizations. Tuesday will focus on the details of your impact, allowing you to define concrete goals, gain confidence in your negotiation style and identify and articulate your personal value. Tuesday will also include a panel discussion with leaders from local scientific organizations, including time for Q&A with the audience.

Sunday, October 28.  3:00 – 6:00 pm (including coffee/tea and snacks)

Location: University of Colorado, Boulder at University Memorial Center

  • Welcome, Introductions
  • Uncover your personality style using the DISC Personality Assessment Review

Monday, October 29. 9:00 am – 5:00 pm (including coffee/snack breaks and lunch)

Location: UCAR Center Green Campus

Understanding Your Style, Your Impact, Your Motivation, Your Leadership

  • Discover more about emotional intelligence and its impact on your leadership
  • Learn more about the effects of unconscious bias and what we can do about it
  • Explore positive aspects of giving and receiving feedback
  • Discuss skills to becoming a more effective mentor

Monday, October 29. ~6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (including coffee/snack breaks and lunch)

Location: UCAR Center Green Campus

  • Evening Networking Reception with representatives from local scientific organizations

Tuesday, October 30.  9:00 am – 3:00 pm (including morning coffee/snacks and lunch)

Location: UCAR Center Green Campus

  • AAUW Work Smart on Salary Negotiation, Career Counseling, Goal Setting
  • Lunchtime Careers Panel with scientists in leadership positions

DISC Pie(figure from:

2018 ESWN Professional Development Workshop

October 28-30, 2018
Boulder, Colorado



This professional development workshop is designed to help women build leadership and management skills that will contribute to their success and advancement in scientific organizations. Over 2 days, professional facilitators and members of the Earth Science Women’s Network Board will lead participants in exploring the components of solid leadership and effective communication for management through experiential learning and interactive dialogue. Participants will also be coached in salary negotiation and engage in direct career counseling. Additional activities include a networking reception with scientists and representatives from regional scientific organizations, and an interactive panel discussion with successful senior leaders. The workshop will be held October 28-30, 2018 at the University of Colorado Boulder and at Center Green Campus of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, CO. The workshop will begin on Sunday, October 28th at ~2:00pm and end on Tuesday, October 30th at ~3:00pm. A detailed agenda will be available soon.

Why leadership skills? 

Science is rarely done in isolation; in almost any position, leadership and management skills are an important contributor to success.  Yet, these skills are seldom discussed as part of an academic education, and hardly, if ever, show up in professional trainings for scientists.  This workshop is designed to give you hands on techniques to grow your skills in leadership, management, and negotiation. Topics that will be emphasized include: effective communication with your scientific team (peers, colleagues, employees, students, supervisors, administrators, etc), team-building in a way that promotes motivation and trust, guidance in giving and receiving both positive and negative feedback, and negotiating your time, salary, and delegation.


Approximately 50 participants will be selected to participate in this professional development workshop via an application process, with preference given to individuals with demonstrated leadership potential. Those who identify as a woman in any career stage in the Earth Sciences are eligible to apply. Underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply, and we aim to have a diverse group in terms of personal identity, institutional affiliation, career stage, and disciplinary training.

A registration fee of $100 is anticipated, with most local costs of the workshop covered.

Please access the application here (complete link also below). The application form includes a request for biographical information and three short essay questions regarding career and leadership goals. The deadline for applications is August 17. Successful applicants will be notified by September 1st. Apply now!

Complete application form link:

Thanks to our sponsors:


Dr. Melanie Okoro receives 2017 NOAA Fisheries Award

In October 2001, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) created a series of annual Employee of the Year Awards. NOAA Fisheries Employee of the Year Awards recognize employees that have made significant contributions to NOAA Fisheries stewardship responsibilities.

Congratulations to ESWN Leadership Board Member, Dr. Melanie Harrison Okoro, for receiving the 2017 NOAA Fisheries Employee of the Year Award for the West Coast Region.



ESWN wins PAESMEM Award!

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM)
represent the highest honors bestowed upon mentors who work to expand science, technology, engineering
and mathematics (STEM) talent.

The Awards were established in 1995 and the first awards were bestowed in 1996. Since then, more than 240 individuals and  organizations have been recognized for their exemplary service. Awardees serve as leaders in the national effort to
develop fully the nation’s human resources in STEM. Protégés are students and early career STEM and STEM-related professionals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged socioeconomic backgrounds

ESWN is one of 14 organizations to be honored today.

NSF Press Release

Read more about the PAESMEM program

excerpts from the NSF Press Release:

“On behalf of the White House I am honored to express the nation’s gratitude for the tireless dedication that these men and women bring to educating the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians,” said Michael Kratsios, deputy assistant to the president for Technology Policy. “Each day more and more jobs require a strong foundation in STEM education, so the work that you as teachers and mentors help ensure that all students can have access to limitless opportunities and the brightest of futures.”

Awardees represent schools in all 50 U.S. states, Department of Defense Education Activity schools and schools in the U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

During a visit to the nation’s capital, award recipients will each receive a presidential citation at an awards ceremony and participate in discussions on STEM and STEM education priorities led by OSTP and NSF. Recipients will also receive $10,000 from NSF, which manages  PAESMEM programs on behalf of the White House.

ADVANCEGeo Resource Center Launched

ADVANCEGeo launches new online resource center to address sexual harassment in the geosciences

The National Science Foundation-funded ADVANCEGeo project has released a collection of online resources for the community on relevant research and tested strategies to respond to sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination in academia. These public resources can be used to: define and understand harassment, bullying, and discrimination; design codes of conduct, including for field research projects and courses; and identify best strategies for creating inclusive and equitable workplace climates. The online resource center is hosted by the Science Education and Research Center at Carleton College.  

ADVANCEGeo project goals include (1) developing and testing bystander intervention training workshops with disciplinary-specific scenarios, which incorporate intersectionality; (2) developing teaching modules that define harassment as scientific misconduct; (3) disseminating training materials via professional societies; and (4) developing a sustainable model that can be transferred to other STEM disciplines. Funded by a 4-year US National Science Foundation ADVANCE Partnership award in 2017, ADVANCEGeo is a collaboration among the Earth Science Women’s Network, the Association for Women Geoscientists, and the American Geophysical Union. Partnering institutions include: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Colorado College, Brown University, California State University, Los Angeles, and University of California, Merced and evaluation teams at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and the Colorado State University STEM Center.

ADVANCEGeo Resource Center

Contact: Erika Marín-Spiotta,


ESWN Currents | May 2018

ESWN Newsmakers

Katharine Hayhoe wins Award For Outstanding Climate Science Communication

Jurors for this award called Dr. Hayhoe “a unique voice in the climate communication world… able to reach audiences that other climate scientists have not been able to reach.” In her acceptance statement, Hayhoe expressed appreciation for recognition of “communication and outreach — which is often the least respected part of any scientist’s job description”. The award was presented by Climate One, a project of The Commonwealth Club of California, in honor of the late Stephen Schneider, noted scientist and communicator.

Dr. Katharine Hayhoe

Dr. Alexandra Witze

Alexandra Witze receives Science Journalism Award

The Jonathan Eberhart Planetary Sciences Journalism Award for distinguished popular science writing was presented to Alexandra Witze for her article “Next Stop, Mars” in the January 19, 2017, issue of Nature. Witze’s article details the search for life on Mars involving a “treasure hunt” of a scheduled 2020 NASA mission for a rover to collect rock samples as well as information on their geological context.

ADVANCEGeo Program Initiated to Help Curb Sexual Harrassment

Erika Marin-Spiotta published a piece in the journal Nature about a newly conceived program called ADVANCEGeo designed to curb the widespread problem of sexual harrassment in the geosciences. Marin-Spiotta writes, “The project equips bystanders to respond to and prevent harassment in the field, lab, office and at conferences, and advocates for inclusion of the subject in courses on ethical research conduct.” Harassment should count as scientific misconduct.

Dr. Erika Marin-Spiotta

Media Round-Up

A Washington Post story revealed how three African-American teen finalists in a NASA-run science competition were apparently the target of a racist smear campaign designed to cost them the competition. The resulting media attention is creating a focal point for issues of under-representation of women and minorities in STEM fields. One of the teen contestants commented, ““The popular norm is sports and modeling and advertising. [We want] people to see our faces, and see we’re just regular girls, and we want to be scientists.”

finalists in a NASA youth science competition. (Evelyn Hockstein/for The Washington Post)

Members praised the opinion piece published in Inside Higher Ed for its defense of women who “let go of what is not working…try new things…listen to others without feeling threatened, and [have] the courage to be leaders when needed”.  


Though many are acquainted with the name of John Tyndall, they may be unaware of the name of Eunice Newton Foote. In 1856 Foote was the first person to suggest that an atmosphere containing high levels of carbon dioxide would lead to a warmer earth, but whose scientific contributions went unrecognized because of the customs of the time. A symposium at UC Santa Barbara on May 17 delved further into the topic.


Currents | April 2018

Media Round Up

In case you’ve sworn off Facebook or have been too busy to web-surf this month, we’ve combed through our discussion group archives and pulled the links that generated the most buzz in our online community.

This month featured a plethora of pieces on women and gender issues in academia from science journals as well as the popular press. Here are some that received the most reactions.

The Special Challenges of Being Both a Scientist and a Mom Mexican-American female scientist Rebecca Calisi writes candidly about how she personally has helped scientific conferences become more accommodating to working mothers and the many challenges still faced by women when “[society asks that] we must work as if family did not exist—and parent as if work did not exist”.

Efforts large and small speed science reform Anne Jefferson and Melissa Kenney talk about the need for institutional change and a role to be played by big data to improve gender and racial equity in science.

A thought-provoking NBC News article about the gap in how men and women perceive their science abilities within a group.

from Slate

Being a woman in science is hard. That’s Why We’re Trying to Change It. This impassioned Slate piece by molecular biologist Maryam Zaringhalam argues that we should focus less on our roadblocks and “flip that narrative” — that is, devote much more media attention to positive reforms and “change-makers working to fix a broken system”.

Published study in Nature Communications reveals large gender inequalities in speaking opportunities (invited and assigned oral presentations) at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting.

Recognition of ESWN members

Ecologist Jane Zelikova was honored as one of Grist Magazine’s nationwide “50 fixers” for 2018. She was recognized for her initiative (co-founded with Kelly Ramirez) 500 Women Scientists, which focuses on leadership, diversity, and public engagement in science. Read her “Strategist” profile


An in-depth University of Wisconsin-Madison news article describes research published by Claire Pettersen from the Space Science and Engineering Center. The study is trying to understand the mass balance (net change in snow deposition and melting) of the Greenland Ice sheet.

Laura Crossey, of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico, received commendation for excellence in mentorship of students in STEM fields.

Image result for Laura Crossey, of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the University of New Mexico

Women in leadership

Ellen Stofan, former NASA Chief Scientist, will be the first woman to Head the National Air and Space Museum

Members’ Perspectives in Academia

These topics, inspired by personal stories, sparked significant debate among members. [Specific names omitted in the interests of privacy.]

  • Challenges, gender bias in opportunities for collaboration
  • Do women take on more “emotional work/labor” when managing meetings or other professional activities?
  • Is it OK to do your undergrad and grad at the same institution? (Opinions were mixed!)
  • Writing ability and implicit gender bias from reviewers: double-blind reviews could help.
  • Tips for how to handle unsolicited advice following presentations at conferences, without losing your cool.

And Finally… The Truth is Out There

ESWN Members loved this piece on the “The Scully Effect”– quantification of the pervasive effect of popular media on the career interests of women. According to a survey, 63% of the women who were familiar with Dana Scully of the X-Files television show said that she increased their belief in the importance of STEM.

Register for ESWN’s Science-A-Thon 2018, a five day online celebration of science

Science-A-Thon is a five day celebration of science and scientists – from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries!

​Participating scientists will share the ups and downs of a #dayofscience. Scientists will post photos on social media of their days including morning routines, work commutes, research instruments, class projects, and after-work fun. Yes, some scientists spend the day in white coats, but many also spend the day climbing mountains, in museums, on ships, working in teams, and much more!

Science-A-Thon goes for five days to allow flexibility for participants and broader community engagement. You are welcome to share a few photos a day, lots of photos in a single day, or engage in whatever way fits your goals and schedule.

Each day from October 15 to October 19 will have an optional focus:

  • Monday – SciCom
  • Tuesday ­– BioMed
  • Wednesday – SciPolicy
  • Thursday – Earth
  • Friday ­– Rewind

​Science-A-Thon will raise money for the ESWN, and will also support ScienceForward, a STEM-wide initiative that we recently launched. ScienceForward empowers scientists, promotes scientists as role models, and builds on-ramps for students to engage in STEM.

The goal of the Science-A-Thon is to increase visibility of scientists and the important work they do to the public. Everyone is welcome to participate in Science-A-Thon!

Learn more and register at

Welcoming Women into Geosciences

Early results of a program* to foster the careers of women entering the geosciences demonstrate the effectiveness of several specific factors – including the importance of same gender mentoring and the importance of role modeling – to the retention of undergraduate women in geoscience disciplines.

EOS article about ESWN led mentoring program

*PROGRESS is a NSF funded program led by Emily Fischer, Rebecca Barnes, Manda Adams, & Sandra Clinton in conjunction with social scientists (Paul Hernandez (West Virginia Univ.) and Brittany Bloodhart (Colorado State)) examining the role of deliberate mentoring on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in the geosciences. We are incredibly appreciative of the numerous ESWN members who have served as mentors to the students in this program and we hope that you find our results as rewarding as we do!

Currents | March 2018

Quality of Life

Many were moved by a recent profile of two geoscientists (& ESWN members) featured on NPR’s recurring StoryCorps segment. The piece highlights how these two women successfully balance family with the demands of their research.

See NPR story here

Science Ph.D.s Lead to Enjoyable Jobs

So, is it all worth it? Though some found this Nature article encouraging, many others in the throes of Ph.D. stress wrote in to express their frustrations with academic life.

Mentoring & Resources

Advice on Requesting a Lab Startup Package

Of particular interest to early-career scientists: Jacqueline Gill’s blog post, Show Me the Money, discusses issues one should consider when structuring one’s laboratory startup request.

Women Scientists in History


In honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month, many highlighted unsung earth science heroes from the past.

Marie Tharp

Many ESWN members expressed appreciation for a retrospective on the cartographic contributions of Marie Tharp (1920-2006), whose research helped produce the World Ocean Floor Panorama, the first comprehensive map of its kind. For more see this NY Times profile.

Other scientists who received mention from ESWNers: Mary Anning (British paleontologist), Florence Bascom (American geologist), Ellen Churchill Semple (American geographer), Eunice Foote (19th century American scientist and inventor), Elizabeth Anderson Gray (American paleontologist), Katsuko Saruhashi (Japanese geochemist, who was just highlighted with her own Google doodle), and several geologists profiled on TrowelBlazers

Summaries by Wendy Chou.

Do you have a recommendation for Currents? Please share your story ideas here.  

Currents | Feb 2018

The Leadership Board is interested in what topics are resonating within the ESWN community. As part of this effort and thanks to ESWN member Wendy Chou, we will now post periodic summaries of the topics that generate lasting conversations in our Facebook group and on the website Forums. 

If you are interested in helping out with this task, guest blogging, or working to strengthen our online community please reach out to Maura or Becca


Paulina Stowhas

Congratulations to Paulina Stowhas, M.S., whose research in biodiversity and the human-wildlife interface and service to the academic community garnered her a “Forward Under 40” award from University of Wisconsin Alumni Association. Read her interview

Sexual Harassment, #MeToo

Photo credit: Massimo Rumi / Barcroft Media / Barcroft Media via Getty Images


Difficult questions have emerged about whether a nascent fellowship program that champions women in leadership could do more to prevent unsafe and inappropriate behavior onboard a sea voyage to Antarctica. Grist article

The four witnesses who testified before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology on 27 February. From left to right are Rhonda Davis, Kathryn Clancy, Kristina Larsen, and Chris McEntee. Credit: House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

The discussion of sexual harassment in the sciences entered the halls of Congress as a panel from the House Committee on Science heard testimony from prominent scientists on problems ranging from vulnerability during field work to lack of enforcement.

EOS article

Small Pond Science Post

Diversity in Academia

The viral hashtag #ThisIsWhataProfessorLooksLike received a lot of love from the ESWN community for emphasizing importance of diversity in academia.

See Dr. Kevin Nadal’s Facebook Page for this cooperative project between him and Dr. Silvia Mazzula

NSF is soliciting public comments on their new sexual harassment policy

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is soliciting public comment on the agency’s proposed implementation of the new reporting requirements specified in NSF Important Notice No. 144, dated February 8, 2018. Full text of the reporting requirements is available online or via download.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) does not tolerate sexual harassment, or any kind of harassment, within the agency, at awardee organizations, field sites, or anywhere NSF-funded science and education are conducted. The 2,000 U.S. institutions of higher education and other organizations that receive NSF funds are responsible for fully investigating complaints and for complying with federal non-discrimination law. NSF has taken steps to help ensure research environments are free from sexual harassment. Additionally, NSF is bolstering our policies, guidelines and communications so that organizations funded by NSF clearly understand expectations and requirements.

NSF is working to make certain that recipients of grants and cooperative agreements respond promptly and appropriately to instances of sexual harassment, other forms of harassment, or sexual assault. A community effort is essential to eliminate sexual and other forms of harassment in science and to build scientific workspaces where people can learn, grow and thrive.

Comment Deadline: May 4, 2018.

Comments should be addressed to Suzanne H. Plimpton, Reports Clearance Officer, Office of the General Counsel, National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email; telephone: (703) 292-7556; FAX (703) 292-9240. We encourage respondents to submit comments electronically to ensure timely receipt. We cannot guarantee that comments mailed will be received before the comment closing date. Please include “Reporting Requirement Regarding Findings of Sexual Harassment, other Forms of Harassment, or Sexual Assault” in the subject line of the email message; please also include the full body of your comments in the text of the message and as an attachment. Include your name, title, organization, postal address, telephone number, and email address in your message.

For any questions, comments or concerns regarding sexual or other forms of harassment, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), National Science Foundation, 2415 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22314, email:; telephone (703) 292-8020; FAX: (703) 292-9482.

Open Letter to the Geomorphology Community

This letter is to alert the community to ongoing online harassment by a registered sex offender who targets individuals in geomorphology and related fields. This has been a problem for many years. The offender, who has an Earth Science degree and self-identifies as a geomorphologist, has spent time in prison on charges of attempted sexual assault. To our knowledge, more than 80 women have received hostile, sexually explicit, or threatening emails. Some of these emails include pornographic videos. He is also known to target senior researchers, including men, describing his scientific ideas and critiquing established concepts and well-known publications in the field. He is currently not associated with any academic, government, or private-sector institutions.

Harassment and intimidating behavior of any kind, whether it be in person or online, is not acceptable. Harassment due to sex and gender are prohibited in the U.S. Due to the online and interstate nature of this harassment, legal redress has proven difficult. The emails come from different email addresses, which makes it difficult to block accounts. Advice from campus police forces have been contradictory, in some cases advising women to delete their professional websites and contact information from the internet. This is not only difficult but has the insidious effect of further marginalizing women from the field.

Because of the pervasive nature of the harassing communications, it is imperative that all members of the geomorphology and related fields are aware of the problem and acknowledge that female graduate students, postdocs, and senior scientists are being preferentially targeted. We hope that open and public recognition will alert new women in the field who may receive these harassing emails with no warning, or who may have been receiving them and felt threatened and isolated. You are not alone in this experience. We believe you, support you, and want you to remain a part of our community. Senior scientists should recognize that their own students may be (or may become) targets of these hostile emails and recognize that this harassment can affect professional performance and personal wellbeing.

The community should work together to provide support for those who are experiencing this and other forms of harassment and to seek long-term solutions so that everyone can participate and engage fully as scientists.

If you have been affected by this online harassment we suggest taking the following steps:

  • Report the incidents to your campus or local police.
  • Document the harassment by saving all emails. Consider setting up a filter so that these emails bypass your inbox and go directly to a designated folder.
  • Forward these emails to geomorph.harassment AT As we seek more permanent solutions, it is helpful to have documentation of the scope of this problem. This inbox has been set up to serve as a clearinghouse for these harassing emails. If you have received these emails and want more information about the situation, contact this address to be connected with someone. Leaders in the community have agreed to monitor this inbox.
  • If you are comfortable doing so, consider responding to the harassing emails with a short statement such as, “These are inappropriate emails. Do not contact me in any way in the future.” In at least one known case, this led to a several-year hiatus in contact.
  • Your campus or healthcare provider are good places for counseling and mental health and wellness support. Initiatives such as HeartMob, by the organization Hollaback!, provide additional resources for supporting targets, educating communities, and mobilizing activists and can be found online at:

The offender’s name and identifying information have been purposefully omitted.

Petition to NSF-directed US Antarctic Program regarding sexual harassment

Please consider signing this petition to NSF .

Petition Text:

In light of recent publications of longstanding sexual and physical harassment and abuse in the field, we request that the NSF-directed US Antarctic Program clarify its policies for reporting harassment, investigations of allegations, and enforcements of codes of conduct. Recent events show that domineering behaviors, mainly by men in power positions (Principal Investigator, lead scientist, senior camp member, etc.) are more common when victims do not feel empowered to speak out. However, the remote and physically-challenging environment of Antarctic make this a special case, and a potentially more dangerous one.

Among changes sought by this letter and the signees below, we ask that:

  • NSF remove responsibility from individual university investigatory units (Title IX, Title VII, etc.) by taking responsibility through its own investigatory office.
    Many field camps are composed of investigators from several different universities, blurring the lines of who is responsible to investigate reported incidences.
    Individual universities develop policies mainly based on the experiences of young students living in dormitories on a relatively safe campus; they are ill-equipped to investigate field conditions in Antarctic. Individual universities cannot be expected to develop policies for unique situations that may only apply to a miniscule proportion of employees.
  • NSF outline clear procedures and jurisdiction for reporting and investigation of incidences of abuse in the field and on ships.
  • NSF develop a singular and enforceable code of conduct that all scientists working under all auspices of the US Antarctic Program will read, understand, and sign.
    A major focus of Title IX and Title VII guidelines is retaliation. Because retaliation can be vetted through the scientific review process over which individual universities have no authority, NSF should develop a clear set of policies that minimizes the chances for respondents to review complainants’ and witnesses’ proposals.

(login information is found on the petition site)

Participate in a Focus Group at AGU!

Are you concerned about sexual harassment in STEM?

You are invited to participate in a focus group as part of a National Science Foundation ADVANCE award to develop bystander intervention and research ethics training to improve work climate conditions in the earth and space sciences by preventing sexual and other types of harassment in the classroom, lab and field. We want to hear from people with diverse backgrounds.

You can volunteer to participate by coming to one of our 4 focus groups:

Monday, December 11th  1) 10:40-Noon or 2) 1:00-2:20 pm

Tuesday , December 12th  3) 10:40-Noon or 4) 1:40-3:00 pm

in the Windsor Room of the Hilton Riverside

For general information about this research project please go to:

If you have any questions about this research at any time, please contact the lead researcher Dr. Marin-Spiotta at or 608-262-1855. If you are not satisfied with the response of the research team, have more questions, or want to talk with someone about your rights as a research participant, contact the Education and Social/Behavioral Science IRB Office at the University of Wisconsin-Madison at 608-263-2320.

ESWN at AMS 2018

ESWN is hosting two events at the 2018 American Meteorological Society meeting in Austin, TX.

Please consider adding them to your AMS schedule.

  • Earth Science Women’s Network Annual Networking Reception
    Monday, January 8, 2018, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
    Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill
  • Women in Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon (co-sponsoring this event)
    Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 12 – 1:30 PMAustin Convention Center, Ballroom A

The 2018 Women in the Atmospheric Sciences Luncheon will focus on the importance of inclusion and diversity in atmospheric and computational science and related fields. The Luncheon will feature four panelists, including Dr. Valerie Taylor from Argonne National Laboratory, Dr. Patty Lopez from Intel Corporation, Ms. Tracy Hansen from NOAA’s Global Systems Division, and Ms. Jessica Mink from Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. All are encouraged to attend this luncheon. Lockheed Martin Corporation will provide a limited number of box lunches. For more information, visit the luncheon website.

We are super excited to expand our networking receptions beyond AGU and this is possible through the generous support of several sponsors:



ESWN Events at AGU 2017

ESWN will once again be sponsoring and participating in a series of workshops, town halls, and events at the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. We hope you can join us!

Earth Science Women’s Network Annual Networking Event

Monday 12/11 | The Rusty Nail , 1102 Constance St.  | 6 – 9 PM

AGU Networking Reception for Early Career Female Scientists and Students

Tuesday 12/12 | Hilton Riverside, 1st Floor, Grand Ballroom – Suite CD | 6:15 – 8 PM

ESWN & AGU Sponsored Workshops

Wednesday 12/13 | MCCNO, Third Floor, Room 338-339

Navigating the NSF System | 9 AM – 12 PM

This workshop is open to all AGU Fall Meeting attendees and will be particularly helpful to graduate students, post-docs, researchers, and tenure-track faculty thinking about applying for NSF funding. Critique sample text from past NSF proposals, meet in groups with program officers to know what they are looking for, and learn how to ask the right questions, give the right answers, and get funded.

Strategies for Attracting and Advancing a Diverse Geoscience Workforce | 2 – 4 PM

The goals of this workshop are to (1) identify elements from successful programs for attracting and advancing historically underrepresented Earth scientists at multiple career stages and (2) identify strategies that AGU and its members can enact to broaden the participation of a diverse membership and geoscience workforce. A panel presentation will be followed by small break-out roundtable discussions centered on topics related to various career stages and professional tracks of interest.

Opportunities Beyond Academia | 4 – 6 PM

Thinking about a career outside of academia? It can often be difficult to get help finding a job in a nonprofit or government agency, within industry, or as a consultant. A panel of scientists with experience outside of academia will share their “lessons learned” and answer your questions about how to find and apply for jobs in policy, federal research labs, state agencies, NGOs, industry, and private enterprise. This year’s panelists include:

  • Ester Stzein, Assistant Director at National Academy of Sciences
  • Rachel Licker, senior climate scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Christine Wiedinmyer, Associate Director for Science at CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder, former Scientist III at National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Svetlana Shkolyar, Postdoctoral Fellow, Geophysical Lab, Carnegie Institution for Science
  • Karen Rosenlof, Meteorologist and Program Lead, NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory Chemical Sciences Division
  • Gyami Shretha, Director, U.S. Carbon Cycle Science Program Office, National Coordination Office (NCO)
  • Alicia Newton, Editor at Nature Geoscience
  • Denise Hills, Geological Survey of Alabama


A special thanks to our sponsors!


In addition to the above events there are activities going on throughout the week aimed at improving the geoscience community. Many, but not all, of these events are co-organized by ESWN members:

Science-A-Thon Success!

The 2017 Science-A-Thon was a great success thanks to the hundreds of people who participated, donated, and spread the enthusiasm!

With your help, ESWN raised over $32,000! The power of Science-A-Thon came from individual days and lives in diverse countries, fields, and professions. Participants shared photos of morning routines, meetings, lab equipment, field research, computer screens, family, pets, and more! These posts gave glimpses into the lives of scientists around the world. #DayofScience was trending on Twitter, which inspired even more scientists to join in. Science-A-Thon captured the media’s attention, and was featured in an Upworthy article. We’re excited to see how this momentum energizes people for the 2018 Science-A-Thon!

Participants enjoyed their “I  science!” t-shirts, which are available online, $10 from every shirt sold goes to support ESWN!

Science-A-Thon raised over $32,000 to support our endowment with the Madison Community Foundation! This is a huge success, but we need to get to $50K to reach our first match. Will you help us? Your gift will be MATCHED by the Madison Community Foundation at a 1:2 ratio, so your gift of $40 becomes $60 for ESWN. This funding will support ESWN into the future. When we reach $50K, the matching will kick in to create a $75K endowment. Depending on interest rates, this will generate up to $4K per year, forever! This money will be used to “keep the lights on.” It is enough to support our website, ensure we can host events at AGU, or support a student assistant for projects.

to check out more photos from a #DayofScience go here


Getting your science out into the public domain!

cartoon: Tom Dunne

Are you interested in engaging the public with science?

Have you been asked by funding agencies to communicate your research directly to public audiences?

Do you want to feel more comfortable talking about science with a variety of audiences?

Interested in what sort of careers exist in science communication?

The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with support from George Mason University, are partnering together to offer a workshop for early career Earth scientists on how to effectively communicate science to the public, media, and policymakers alike. Contrary to popular belief, communication is typically an acquired skill. At this one-day workshop, Earth scientists will have the opportunity to learn tactics from professional science communicators, and practice communicating science through a series of activities. You will leave the workshop with concrete tools and strategies to effectively bring your science out into the public domain.

When is this awesome training happening? Wednesday, July 12th from 9 to 5:30 PM 

Where? George Mason University – Arlington Campus, 3351 Fairfax Dr., room 111-113, Arlington, VA

Register FREE here:

Registration is available on a first come, first served basis and is limited to 50 participants.

ESWN Store!


We have launched an ESWN Store to help support our logo-with-webaddyorganization’s activities.

A portion of the sale price comes back to ESWN and the more we sell, the greater the percentage.

We have three designs featured on t-shirts, sweatshirts, onesies, water bottles, & mugs and you can customize all the clothing by choosing your preferred color. So start shopping!



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The ‘Getting Involved in Researching, Learning, and Studying of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Act’ (H.R. 2762) was introduced to the 114th Congress by Representative McNerney.

I know from personal experience that STEM careers can be personally and professionally rewarding, and we owe it to our young women to make sure they have access to the necessary education … When women succeed, we all succeed. With more women in STEM jobs, we’ll help grow our economy and make sure we’re competitive with the rest of the world.”

Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-9th district), mathematician & wind energy engineer

The bill hopes to bring $50 million (FY 2017 to 2021) in new K-12 funding to the Department of Education to encourage girls to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The focus of the bill is to encourage girls in K-12 through mentoring and tutoring programs, afterschool activities, events to encourage interest and develop skills in and understand the relevance and significance of science, engineering, mathematics, and technology. In addition, it provides funding for professional development of K-12 teachers focused on eliminating gender bias in the classroom.

If you are interested in getting involved, you can! Email your representative in Congress and ask them to support (or co-sponsor) H.R. 2762.

Don’t know who your representative is – find out here


Taking Ownership of Your Mentoring

mentoringcontinuum coverThe Mentoring Continuum: From Graduate School Through Tenure, recently published, contains contributions from a variety of sources including a chapter: Taking Ownership of Your Mentoring: Lessons learned from participating in the Earth Science Women’s Network written by Mirjam Glessmer, Manda Adams, Meredith Hastings & Rebecca Barnes.

We used lessons learned through ESWN activities – in particular the mentoring map introduced to many of us via Kerry Ann Rockquemore’s presentation at an ESWN workshop on Networking and Communication in Madison, WI in 2012. Lead author, Dr. Mirjam Glessmer has a great post about the chapter on her website (in addition to a downloadable pdf);  you  can also find out more about peer mentoring, how to network to expand your mentoring network, and how a mentoring map can help you on the networking page on our site.

Colorado Front Range mentors needed

Colorado Front Range mentors needed for college-level women interested in higher education and careers in the geosciences

In the United States, men outnumber women in many science and engineering fields by nearly 3 to 1. In fields like physics or the geosciences, the gender gap can be even wider.

women_grassplotA team of geoscientists (including ESWN’s Dr. Emily Fischer, Dr. Rebecca Barnes, Dr. Sandra Clinton, and Dr. Manda Adams) and collaborators from collegiate psychology and STEM education departments will lead a study over the next five years to explore the benefits of mentoring for supporting undergraduate women’s interest, persistence, and achievement in STEM generally, and in the geosciences specifically.


The program will focus on mentoring female undergraduate students from Colorado State University, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Wyoming by providing access to professional women across geoscience fields.

We are looking for Front Range members of ESWN to act as local, in-person mentors for first and second-year female students from these academic institutions.

If you would like to volunteer as a mentor, please email your contact information and current institution/affiliation to Please reference “mentor” in the subject line.

ESWN Board Members Support Undergraduate Women in STEM

Click here for CSU Press Release

In the United States, men outnumber women in many science and engineering fields by nearly 3 to 1. In fields like physics or the geosciences, the gender gap can be even wider. The Earth Science Women’s Network (ESWN) has been working to narrow this gap among early-career scientists since 2002. Now, three ESWN board members are working with a team to increase the number of female undergraduate students earning undergraduate degrees in the geosciences or continuing on to graduate school in these fields.

With a $1.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Dr. Emily Fischer, an Assistant Professor of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University and ESWN Board Member, will lead the effort to try to close the gender gap in the geosciences or earth sciences, which encompass fields such as mining and geology, the atmospheric sciences, issues related to natural resource management, natural disaster forecasting, and oceanography.

In addition to Fischer, the team includes Rebecca Barnes, an Assistant Professor of Environmental Sciences at Colorado College (ESWN Board member), Sandra Clinton, a Research Assistant Professor of Geography and Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (ESWN member), and Manda Adams, an Assistant Research Professor associated with the University of North Carolina Charlotte who is currently on an appointment at the National Science Foundation (working with the geoscience project team as part of her Independent Research and Development program, ESWN Board member). The group also engages expertise in psychology and education, working with Silvia S. Canetto, a CSU Psychology Professor, Paul R. Hernandez, an Assistant Professor of Educational Psychology at West Virginia University, and Laura Sample McMeeking, the Associate Director of the CSU science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) Center.

Mentoring female undergraduate students by providing access to professional women across geoscience fields and creating a peer-network of students with similar academic interests will be the program focus.

“We want to build the pipeline of female students entering the geosciences,” Fischer said. “Females are underrepresented in the geosciences –at about 16 percent of the workforce. That is the picture in my field too – women represent about 15% of atmospheric scientists. It’s even lower when you get into geology”

Starting in 2015, the team will recruit 50 first-year female students from CSU, the University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Wyoming to attend a workshop where they will learn about educational and career opportunities and meet peers with similar interests. The team will simultaneously recruit a cohort of students from the University of North Carolina Charlotte, Duke University, and the University of South Carolina.

From there, they will be mentored in person by local members of ESWN, a non-profit organization dedicated to career development and community for women in the earth sciences. In addition, female students will have access to a web-platform that will enable national-scale peer mentoring.

“We are patterning this intervention after outreach programs that we know have been successful with advanced undergraduate and graduate-level women,” Fischer said. “We want to see if this can work with female undergraduate students and get more of them interested in pursuing careers in the geosciences.”

Canetto, Hernandez, and Sample McMeeking will be also be evaluating the effectiveness of the program and whether mentoring is a good model for recruiting women into the geosciences.

“There is evidence that mentoring seems to be an effective tool for women in various disciplines, but there is no scientific data for women in the geosciences,” Fischer said. “We want to collect real data from these students. We want to understand whether mentoring works for undergraduate women in the geosciences and exactly how beneficial these efforts could be. My goal for the next 5 years is to design an effective and inexpensive recruitment and retention program for the geosciences that can be a model for other universities.”






2014 AGU Union Award Winners

Four female scientists were recently honored by the American Geophysical Union. Congratulations!

jessica tierneyJessica Tierney is a 2014 James B. Macelwane Medal Winner. This medal is conferred to outstanding early career scientists in recognition of significant contributions to the geophysical sciences. Dr. Tierney is an Assistant Scientist and lead PI of the Molecular Paleoclimatology group at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Dr. Tierney’s work is certainly outstanding. Having received her PhD in Geology from Brown University in 2010, Dr. Tierney ‘s publications have already appeared several times in high profile journals, such as Nature, Nature Geoscience, and Science. Her research applies biomarkers to reconstruct past climates in places such as East Africa, Indonesia, and the glacial tropical Indo-Pacific. Before starting her position at WHOI, she was a NOAA/UCAR Climate and Global Change Postdoctoral Fellow at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. ESWN members can connect with Jessica here.

heather macdonald

 R. Heather Macdonald is the 2014 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award Winner. This award is given to one honoree annual in recognition of “sustained commitment to excellence in geophysical education.”  A professor of Geology at William & Mary, Dr. Macdonald is a household name in the geoscience community given her leadership of the On the Cutting Edge and several other NSF-funded programs to provide professional development for educators at the middle school, high school and college levels. Dr. Macdonald’s transformational contributions to improving institutional culture and the preparedness of our early career teachers and scientists will be felt for generations. Dr. Macdonald has received several awards for her teaching, including the Neil Miner Award from the National Association of Geoscience Teachers and the Biggs Award from the Geological Society of America Education Division.  ESWN members can connect with Heather here.

Mioara-big Mioara Mandea is the 2014 International Award Winner. This award recognizes “outstanding contribution to furthering the Earth and space sciences and using science for the benefit of society in developing nations.” Dr. Mandea is currently the Solid Earth Programme Manager for the Directorate for Strategy and Programmes at the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiale, Paris. Dr. Mandea is General Secretary of European Geosciences Union, General Secretary of the International Association of Geomagnetism and Aeronomy. Her research interests revolve around measuring, mapping, and understanding the multitude of magnetic fields encountered near Earth and similar planets. With > 200 research publications, Dr. Mandea also serves as President of the Geophysical Maps Commission of the Commission for the Geological Map of the World, and Chair of the Education Award Committee of AGU. To read more about Dr. Mandea’s work go here.

 Katharine Hayhoe is the 2014 Climate Communication Prize Winner. This prHayhoeize is given annually to one honoree in recognition of contributions to communicating climate science, highlighting “the importance of promoting scientific literacy, clarity of message, and efforts to foster respected and understanding of science-based values.”  As an atmospheric scientist, Dr. Hayhoe’s research focuses on understanding regional and local-scale impacts of climate change on human systems and the environment. She has >100 peer reviewed publications and is a contributor to the US Global Change Research Program’s Second National Climate Assessment, the National Academy Report “Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia,” and the Third National Climate Assessment (2014). She has devoted significant time to communicating with the non-science community. Dr. Hayhoe is the founder and CEO of ATMOS Research, an organization that “bridges the gap between scientists and stakeholders to provide relevant, state-of-the-art information on how climate change will affect our lives to a broad range of non-profit, industry and government clients.” She also serves as the scientific advisor to several organizations, including the Citizen’s Climate Lobby and the International Women’s Earth and Climate Initiative. She co-wrote A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, a book that tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Dr. Hayhoe is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University. ESWN members can connect with Katharine here.